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Is a Neanderthal ‘throwback’ possible, as in Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child? | Notes and queries

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific conceptsDoris Lessing’s brilliant novel The Fifth Child (1988) suggests that the boy, Ben, might be a Neanderthal “throwback”. Is it possible for someone to be a throwback, or has the idea been discredited?Ashley Chantler, Wallasey, Merseyside Continue reading… Read More

Source:: The Guardian

Anna Jones’s winter citrus salad recipe| The Modern Cook

Seasonal citrus takes centre stage in this salad of sweet oranges and bitter leaves, and in a simple south Indian lemon pickle to enjoy year-roundNow is the time for citrus. Clementines, blood oranges, heady bergamots, perfect leafy lemons, plump grapefruit, blush and Seville oranges all abound. Citrus is ever-present in my cooking, most often lemon or lime, but during this time of plenty I’ll dress my salads in a vinaigrette made with clementines. Or I’ll throw a halved blood orange into my tray of vegetables, then once its edges have browned and its fruit has turned jammy, I’ll squeeze its Read More

Source:: The Guardian

Teaching is on the road to hell – the story of the national curriculum proves it

Teachers have been dragged through endless, mostly mystifying changes since 1988 – and still more are in the pipeline. Will the government stop making a dog’s breakfast of education?In 1988, when I had been teaching for about 20 years, something dreadful happened: the national curriculum was introduced. All teachers were obliged to attend workshops and read huge amounts of information written in a puzzling language.I went to an afterschool workshop carrying a sack of literature we had been ordered to read. The instructor told us to take out the largest loose-leaf tome. “Please turn to page 192,” said she. We Read More

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How was your weekend running?

Is there any way a tarmac and track-loving runner can be converted to the (ahem) joys of cross country? Share your top tips below the line – as well as your weekend exploitsCan anyone tell me how I can learn to love cross country? Or is it a gene you are born with? Would greater exposure to it (I live in London – aside from the Surrey League fixtures, opportunities are minimal …) engender affection? At any rate, it’s certainly not my favourite kind of running, though the relief when it’s over almost makes it worthwhile. No, wait, that’s the Read More

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Felicity Cloake’s marmalade recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Seville orange season is almost over, so now’s your last chance to get peelingIf you don’t make marmalade now, you’ll have missed your chance for another year, because the all-too-brief Seville orange season is almost over. Fortunately, it’s a surprisingly simple task for a lazy day at home, filling the house with a gorgeous, zesty scent, and the cook with smug satisfaction at the months of pleasure to come.1kg Seville oranges1 unwaxed lemon1kg soft light brown sugar1kg white sugar1 piece clean muslin8 x 450ml jars, or assorted jars of equivalent volume Continue reading… Read More

Source:: The Guardian